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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

1 S Park St #103A, San Francisco, CA 94107
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  • The American Grilled Cheese KitchenPro 2014
    hangry_cho
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    4 Apr 04, 2014

    Seriously I want to know why I didn't think of opening a place like this! It's genius!!! Especially when you have items on the menu such as the mushroom gruyere and the piglet! I was in grilled cheese heaven. The tomato soup was a little off in my opinion, but the free mini orange made up for it. Overall the whole meal was just way too cute! Will I be back?? HELLL YAHHHHH. If only they were open for dinner :(

    TIP: Don't let their hours of business defer you from trying this place!!

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  • The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
    Janson Wigo
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    4 Nov 12, 2013

    I went here for breakfast - their breakfast sandwiches are delicious. They were much bigger than I thought they would be, but they weren't as cheesy as I expected. I assume the lunch menu is much more of the classic grilled cheese look.

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    Kat Sun
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    4 Nov 09, 2013

    Today (April 12th) is National Grilled Cheese Day! This review isn't quite fair since it's based on the free grilled cheese sandwich I got at their event to celebrate. The first 250 people got a free regular grilled cheese! Nomnom. Brownie points for having Tapatio available too :D cheesy cheese ball for grilled cheese

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  • The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
    Molly Freedenberg
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    5 Oct 18, 2013

    Born out of the L.A.-based phenomenon known as the Grilled Cheese Invitational, this relative newcomer treats comfort food with a haute hand. Think artisanal breads, gourmet cheeses, and fresh, unusual additions like figs or sundried tomatoes. This Park Ave spot does for grilled cheese what places like Squat and Gobble have done for crepes.

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  • The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
    Gregory
    4 Jun 02, 2013

    At The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen you get a classy take on an old classic. Wonderful flavor combinations like chèvre and jalapeño-apricot jam really dress these grilled cheese to the nines. If you get there before 11am (noon on the weekends) go for the breakfast sandos, nothing like starting your day with potatoes, bacon, egg, and cheese between two slices of buttery grilled bread.

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  • The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
    Roy Chi
    2 Jan 04, 2013

    Can you really go wrong with grilled cheese? In the case of American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, you can if it's WAY too oily. The sandwiches here are beyond heavy, which may appeal to some people, but it's definitely too much for my stomach.

    Mushroom Gruyere = Tasty, but like I said, extremely oily and buttery. I could only eat half the sandwich before I started feeling the onset of a sudden heart attack.

    Tomato Soup = Not very good at all. In fact, the tomato soup here tastes almost exactly like canned Campbell's Tomato Soup, which isn't bad if you're paying 99 cents for a canned soup, but definitely not worth it at a restaurant.

    I mean, the flavor of the grilled cheese isn't bad at all -- you can't terribly mess up any dish that uses cheese and butter as the foundation. It's just a little overpriced for $9.00 and way too heavy to finish more than half.

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  • The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
    Eliza Dropkin
    5 Nov 27, 2012

    AGCK was easily one of my favorite places to escape to for lunch this summer. The kitcsch-y and sweet interior provides the perfect place to dine, whether with a friend or solo. Additionally, south park is located a few steps away if you're in the mood for a picnic.

    I'm usually a little skeptical about paying for food that I know I can do a damn good job on at home for less money. However, AGCK serves up a deliciously unique variety of grilled cheeses, soups, and salads (with a seasonal fruit on the side). The combo option of half a grilled cheese and a salad or a small soup is the perfect lunch. All in all, absolutely worth checking out.

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  • The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
    Vicky Thanh
    4 Nov 15, 2012

    I'm a grilled cheese lover... And yes, I will wait in the long lines for a taste. If you're craving gourmet-ish grilled cheese, stop here.

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    Benedict "@superben" Corpuz
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    5 Sep 30, 2012

    The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is heaven for the taste buds. I got the Mousetrap sandwich, which included 3 cheeses and paired that with tomato soup the first time. I've been back several times since.

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  • The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
    Nancy Jiang
    4 Jul 11, 2012

    Great place to go for a weekend brunch with plenty of outdoor seating. Also a good spot for people and dog watching. The Piglet sandwich is my favorite, and the house made sodas are also very yummy.

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  • The American Grilled Cheese KitchenPro 2014
    Alex
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    This is not your Kraft cheez slice and Wonder bread kind of grilled cheese. Think gruyere and fontina cheese drizzled over mushrooms on freshly baked bread, sided with a bowl of homemade tomato and creme fraiche soup. With only about 10 indoor bar spots and 15 outdoor tables, the line can be outlandishly long with no tables to sit at. They close at 3pm, so arriving at about 2pm seemed to do the trick for us.

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  • The American Grilled Cheese KitchenPro 2014
    Eduardo Sasso
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Really good sandwich with soup. Nice touch with the tangerine that comes with every sandwich. Really tasty meal.

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  • The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
    Scott Daly
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Talk about comfort food at it's best! These grilled cheese sandwich creations are everything I have ever dreamed of with a crazy twist. This place has some of the best experiments on the menu I have had but I LOVE the Monte Cristo Sandwich and the heavenly Pulled Pork Mac n Cheese Sandwich. This is a must try for anyone who needs to feel like a kid again on a rough day.

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  • The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
    Connie Pistilli
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches is just genius. And clearly, half of SoMa thinks so too, because there seems to be a line out the door from the moment they open to when they close. We arrived at 1:30 and waited about 20 minutes to order. Fortunately, we passed the time by having a mini photoshoot in front of the awesome mural inside, made of vintage wallpaper, old photos and paint that looks like cheese oozing down it.

    While all the sandwiches sounded fantastic, I was set on getting the Jalapeno Popper, a delicious combination of chèvre, monterey jack, applewood-smoked bacon and housemade apricot-jalapeño relish. I got the red, white and blue special which is 1/2 a sandwich and a choice of either soup or salad. I got the tomato soup, which was mm'mm good! It also came with a juicy plum. Having just come back from New Orleans, I was excited to see that they served Abita root beer, so I also got a bottle of that.

    I had a bite of the Mushroom Gruyère (fontina, gruyère, roasted wild mushrooms + gold potatoes, melted leeks, thyme butter), and that was delish. I'll probably get that next time, along with the sweet bread pudding that they had run out of when we were there.

    We sat at the counter and chatted it up with the owners, who are clearly passionate about their food. They treated us to some housemade pickles, which were very good. And I'm typically not a fan of pickles! I look forward to coming back, and trying out their breakfast sandwiches when they roll them out.

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    Luca Candela
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    5 Dec 27, 2012
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    Jenn B
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    4 Aug 18, 2012
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    Kate Donahue
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    5 Sep 11, 2011
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